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Dates: March 28-30, 2019
Run time: approximately ninety minutes, with one intermission
Location: Bullitt Cabaret

Join us for the 17th annual Young Playwrights Festival showcasing select new works from ACT’s Young Playwrights Program. Eight talented writers aged 13-18 join with a professional team of local directors and actors to bring their new plays to life in staged readings.

The festival includes two groups of four plays, presented in rotation as follows:

Program A

Watson and Sherlock by Safiya Warsame, TOPS K-8
Reality by Maddie Corn, Shorewood High School
Close to Home by Amy Pham, Franklin High School
The End of the World is Brought to You by… by Ellric Smith, NOVA Project

Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 4:00pm

Program B

Long Live the Dust by Frances Laughlin & Julia Parks, Explorer West Middle School
The Star by Joshua Davis, Garfield High School
Invisible by Eva Gugsa, Garfield High School
Finding His Voice by Ashton Hamilton, Ballard High School

Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm

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The Young Playwrights Program (YPP) is ACT Theatre’s flagship arts residency program. It pairs professional playwrights and theater artists with classroom teachers to engage middle and high school students in a 10-week intensive program that includes drama and improv exercises, creative writing prompts, and supportive feedback sessions. By the end of YPP, each student completes the first draft of an original, one-act play.

YPP aligns with Washington State Learning Standards for the Arts, cultivates opportunity for enriching peer-level support and feedback, and enhances confidence in creative problem solving, writing, and self-expression.

Some schools we partner with also showcase the plays by presenting in-school assemblies or special evening presentations that feature the work of the students, performed and/or directed by peers. Other plays are selected for the Young Playwrights Festival at ACT Theatre.

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